Microsoft re-introduces Second Shot program for 2010

January 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Microsoft | Leave a comment
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Microsoft has revived their ever-popular Second Shot program for the period running from January 13, 2010 – June 31, 2010. Second Shot provides a free retake if you should fail your first attempt at an IT Professional, Developer, or Academic Certification Exam (70-xxx, 83-xxx, 94-xxx).

Second Shot is a joint venture between Prometric and Microsoft. Customers must register, obtain a voucher code, schedule, pay, and sit for both the first and (if necessary) second retake exams before June 30, 2010. In addition, you must register for the program before you actually sit for the initial exam.

You can view the complete program details for your particular career track (student or professional) at Microsoft’s Born to Learn blog:

Second Shot for Students also includes up to a 55% discount on student exams (072-xxx):

New Cisco exam free retake policies: “ComeBack2009” and “Specialize”

February 5, 2009 at 10:08 am | Posted in Cisco | 28 Comments
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Once again Cisco and its authorized test provider, Pearson VUE, are offering free exam retakes between January 20 and July 20, 2009. Cisco has also rolled out a new program, called “Specialize,” promoting the new CCNA specialty certifications.

Both programs offer free exam retakes. However, you MUST fall into one of these two categories to take advantage of the offers:

  • You earned a Cisco certification that has since lapsed and are trying to re-certify, and you fail the applicable test, OR
  • You have a current Cisco CCNA certification and are trying to gain a Voice, Security, or Wireless specialty certification, and you fail the applicable test.

(I’ll grab the rest from the Pearson VUE site.)

The ComeBack2009 promotion is for anyone who has achieved a Cisco certification in the past, but for whatever reason has let their certification credential lapse. If you take a full-priced exam now and don’t pass it, you can get a second chance in the form of a free retake. This gives those with lapsed certifications a jump start toward earning back their credential. Candidates must complete all exams needed for a certification in order to gain back their certification. Further details can be found at

The Specialize promotion encourages those who currently have a Cisco CCNA certification to “specialize” in a Cisco CCNA concentration. Individuals who take a full-priced CCNA concentration exam, and fail the exam, will be given one free retake exam should they need it. This offer is only valid for 640-460-IIUC CCNA Voice, 640-553 IINS CCNA Security, and 640-721 IUWNE CCNA Wireless exams. Further details can be found at

ETA 4/17/2009: And we’ve just rolled out one of our most exciting products in years. In response to the huge volume of customer requests in recent years, we are now offering the Kaplan IT CCNA Simulator, a combination of network lab and exam-oriented scenarios that lets you virtually configure a network of common Cisco machines.

Click the screenshot for more information!

Second take on Microsoft’s Second Shot: Now, earn discounts for passing grades

October 17, 2008 at 11:11 am | Posted in Microsoft | 2 Comments
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This just in: after reviving their Second Shot program earlier this year, Microsoft has sweetened the deal for test-takers who sit for Microsoft exams between now and December 31, 2008. The new terms are:

  • Register for Second Shot, fail an exam, and get a free retake before June 30, 2009.
  • Register for Second Shot, pass an exam, and get 25% off a different exam. before February 28, 2009

As before, you must register with the Second Shot program before scheduling your exam to catch this deal. Details here:

Cisco “Come Back” exam retake offer runs until October 15, 2008

August 28, 2008 at 8:28 am | Posted in Cisco | Leave a comment
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You didn’t see it here first (hey, we didn’t have the blog when this went public), but maybe you haven’t seen it anywhere else: Cisco is offering a FREE exam retake for tests scheduled between April 15, 2008 and October 15, 2008.

This offer applies to full-price exams only, and you must enter the promotion code COMEBACK when registering for the initial exam. Go to the Pearson VUE website for the full details and the registration form.

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